Moreland Commission handling defended by Cuomo

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Updated: 7/28 9:17 pm

WESTERN, N.Y. – The governor commented on recent criticism of his handling of the Moreland Commission.

The Moreland Commission is a panel set up to deal with corruption in the state legislature. The New York Times reported that a top Cuomo aide pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to companies that dealt with the governor.

Cuomo said the commission made its down decisions and that his office only offered suggestions.

“Moreland Commission was a phenomenal success,” he said. “It generated all sorts of interest in the behavior of the legislature. It brought all sorts of cases that have actually come to fruition. And it was, I believe, the stimulus to get the ethics reform bill passed that we got passed.”

The Moreland Commission was created in July 2013 to uncover corruption in state government. It was shut down last March.

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